Saturday, April 05, 2008

quick grad student diary,

My reading list this quarter:

A Private History of Awe by Scott Russell Sanders
The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative NonFiction
Voice Lessons, Nancy Mairs
The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris
Perhaps something by Wendell Berry to jumpstart my gardening season

Add two annotations of Flannery O’Connor books already read and that leaves two titles more to add to my list! One will need to be fiction and perhaps one will be an “old friend” I can assess in a new way.

In my writing and reading, I’m exploring narration and how writers form a narrator within their story. I’m also exploring possible structures for stories I’m revising. And I’m studying “reflection” in writing, when a writer draws threads from the past together with the present.

2 comments:

Tad said...

Again let me suggest "The Sparrow" by Mary Doria Russell, oneof the most importantbooks I have ever read. If that is too much, her "Thread of Grace" is also wonderful.

Sheryl said...

Ooooh, yes! The Sparrow is an incredibly powerful book. You probably need to have a little appreciation for science fiction, but really, the novel is more character-driven than plot-driven. It's probably part of my top ten list for fiction.